Dover Athletic chairman Jim Parmenter has reiterated his concern over the current plight of non-league clubs.

Parmenter announced a few days ago that he was resigning from the National League board as he was not in agreement with the way things were being handled, with financial support for clubs playing without supporters a continued hot topic.




Many clubs have publicly stated their unwillingness to take on loans to continue playing, having previously been planning for grant funding.

Yesterday, Parmenter outlined his intention to ‘furlough all staff, cut all possible expenditure and cease football operations’ if there was no imminent change to the situation.

He said as part of a statement: “The league has for 20 years mandated clubs to live within their means and punished clubs if they did not. As a result, statutory tax debt was reduced to virtually nothing and insolvency events have become extremely rare, which has brought great credit to the league.

“I am really concerned that the current direction of travel will force clubs to take financial risks they would not otherwise take, and I am determined that Dover Athletic will not be one of those clubs. We play football for our fans and our community, and in their absence, I can see no logic in burdening the club with hundreds of thousands of pounds of debt to complete a meaningless season.

“Funding ended six weeks ago now, and without any form of significant income stream, I have had to continue to fund the club – this cannot continue and if action is not taken the club will become insolvent. I have (as promised) run the club without debt for 15 years and I do not intend to change that now.”


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